Shoo Fly Cake


  • 4 cups of sifted flour (measure before sifting)
  • 2 cups of sugar (one white and one dark brown)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup baking molasses
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 TBSP baking soda


Mix flour, sugar, salt, and shortening by hand until they get crumby. Take out 1 cup of this mixture and save to top cake later.

For the liquid part of the cake stir molasses, water, and baking soda by hand with a spoon. Stir crumbs into the liquid. Grease and flour long cake pan 13 by 9 by 2. Pour mixture into the baking pan. Sprinkle the one cup of saved crumbs over top of the cake before baking.

Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Test if it's done using a toothpick. Poke cake with toothpick after 1 hour. If toothpick comes out clean, it's done. If it doesn't come out clean, leave in a few more minutes and retest.

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